Giving Thanks


Kindness is plentiful in our world.  I know, bad things happen but don’t forget there are a lot more nice people in the world than mean ones. The kindness you experience in any given day may come from a complete stranger, or it may come from a friend or family member.  Embrace it when it happens and be thankful.

I am so incredibly thankful for all the wonderful women (and a few chosen men) who helped make our second Just You, Only Better Workshop a success.  When I told my presenters and sponsors that my end goal was to provide an amazing day for women

that allows them to be themselves, learn ways to improve their inner and outer beauty, and have fun, they graciously agreed to be a part of the day.  While we’ve only had two workshops, the number of amazing women I’ve met in the process has been astounding.  And for that, I am EXTREMELY grateful.

I would first like to thank all of my presenters.  Not only did they take a tremendous amount of time preparing their presentation, they spent an entire day meeting and getting to know all the attendees, sponsors and other presenters.  One attendee commented how refreshing it was to actually spend time with the speakers—which is something that had never happened at other conferences she had attended.

Medical Estheticians, Milla Waldman and Naomi Fenlin kicked the day off by sharing their skincare secrets and taught us how to get that radiant glow at any age. Julie Weiss-Schwartz from Beauty 101 showed us how to create a “perfect” brow and brought 5 of her assistants to give make-up and brow makeovers throughout the day.  Julie also explained how she custom blends make-up, including lip and cheek colors for her clients, who include many top models. The Soul Sister Circle (Sally Miller, Jackie Williams and Desiree Cipolloni) told us to lose the chit chat and get REAL.  Stop judging others and ourselves and start loving the woman in the mirror.
The FUN began when we started drawing names for the Transformation Stations.  When people arrived, they dropped their names in the bin to receive a specific service.  Their choices included:  haircut and style by Jeffrey, the Makeover Guru from Pileggi on the Square, make-up update by Julie and her Beauty 101 gang, skin consultation and analysis by Naomi Fenlin, fashion consultation by Biana—the Philly Fashionista, eyelash extensions by Ruthie Eyes, massage by Sarah Hill of Deliver Me Yoga, brows by Beauty 101, or a mini-facial by Milla of Studio M.  While the services were being performed, women enjoyed learning about local businesses (My Fabulous Mama, Catalyst Cleanse, Bailine Body Sculpting, and Financial Fitness by Angela Pawloski). They also had the chance to go shopping (The Butler Bag, Stella & Dot, Jockey, The Velvet Lily, Silpada, AnyTime Scarf, and Eileen Fisher).

Our fantastic line up of speakers continued after lunch with the incredibly inspiring and motivating Jen Groover.  She captivated the attention of everyone in the room by sharing her personal journey from an over-trained athlete on the brink of a health disaster, to fulfilling her dreams of becoming one of the most successful female entrepreneurs in the country.  She stressed the importance of losing the fears that are associated with starting your own business and the importance of banishing ALL negative self-talk.  Her message was powerful and brought many of us to tears.

Kate Biles, DPT (who had received a new hairstyle from Jeffrey, the Makeover Guru) shared excellent advice every woman should know:  The Six Secrets to Staying Sexy and Strong.  And with stress such a major part of our lives, Alice Dommert (Co-Fouder of Deliver Me Yoga) gave us an easy-to-implement One Week Plan to Harness Your Stress.  Last but not least was our favorite Celebrity Chef, Brian Duffy.  Brian taught us some of his insider “chef secrets”, but more importantly, he shared his humor and his pure love of cooking and entertaining. 

With all of this amazing information, shopping and Transformation Stations, our heads were swirling at the end of the day!  But we had to keep it together long enough to give away all of the great prizes graciously donated by our sponsors. The prizes included the following:

Sex & The City Infinity Scarf by Anytime Scarf

5 Body Sculpting Sessions by Bailine Body Sculpting 

Couture Collection of Customized Make-up by Beauty 101

Swimsuit Cover-Up by InStyle Swimwear

3 Day Juice Cleanse by Catalyst Cleanse

Customized Home Care Regime (Includes a free consultation and all skin care products for3- 6 months) by Naomi Fenlin, Medical Esthtician

Corporate Yoga Class, 5 Week Yoga Series and 2 Hour Chair Massage for your office, all donated by Deliver Me Yoga

American Leather Tie Belt by Eileen Fisher of Ardmore

Financial Consultation by Angela Pawloski, the Financial Fitness Guru

Tote Bag, Scarf & Jewelry by Jockey (Harriet Bissey)

30 Day Just You, Only Better Program for Life from me!

Home Safety Assessment by My Fabulous Mama

3 Hour Style Consultation by The Philly Fashionista, Biana

Designer Earrings from Pileggi Boutique (I still want these… J)

Free Haircut & Style from Jeffrey, the Makeover Guru at Pileggi on the Square 

Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet from Silpada (Ana Levit)

Autographed book What If? And Why Not? How to Transform Your Fears Into Action and Start the Business of Your Dreams by Jen Groover

Consultation & Customized European Facial by Milla at Studio M

Petra Bracelet by Stella & Dot (Diane Quercetti)

Pelvic Floor Weights & Stockings from The Velvet Lily

Full Set of Eyelash Extensions by Ruthie Falkenstein of Ruthie’s Eyes

Hand-Made One-of-a-Kind Bracelet designed by Holly Thomas of SpitFire Designs

3 Month Membership to Weston Fitness

But the networking and FUN did not stop there.  Tamar Olitsky and Chris Scarduzio from Table 31 gave all of us a free cocktail and apps at their beautiful restaurant located inside the Comcast Center.   It was quite the treat after a long day of meaningful fun.

A special thanks to Biana DeMarco, the Philly Fashionista, who tirelessly helped me for the first JYOB workshop.  She asked Naomi and Jen to speak, invited a number of sponsors, and helped fill the goody bags with great samples.  Thanks Biana!  And to Mama and Cyndi for coming up from Florida  to help me for an entire week!  You guys are the best!

Even if you missed the big day, you still have a chance to win ONE FINAL PRIZE!  Tiffany Bucciarelli of Philly Health Watch has donated a $200 Spa Package to her Lux Spa here in Philly!!!  If you live in the area, and are the first person to make a comment on this blog, you will WIN the package.  See, good things happen even if you can’t make the Just You, Only Better Workshop.

Thanks again to everyone who made it happen.  I am truly grateful for your participation and passion. 

And, for the rest of you, we will see YOU at the next workshop!


Stay Well & Smile,




  • September 28, 2011

    Molly! Molly! Molly!! You are one of my favorite people! ANY Time (you know it may take a bit.. But I always get back) Love ya Lady!!

    • September 28, 2011

      Brian…you are more than a great chef…you are a great friend. I am thankful and happy to have you in my life…now let’s go have a DRINK to celebrate 🙂

    • September 29, 2011

      Brian…and since you were the first to respond to the blog, you win the $200 Spa Package from Lux Spa!!! Call me and I’ll give you the details… 🙂

  • Lisa
    September 28, 2011

    Molly, Great recap of what sounded like a perfect event! Sorry to have missed it, but hopefully next time!

    • September 28, 2011

      Thank you…hope you can make the next one! 🙂

  • Tina Devoe
    September 28, 2011

    Wish I could have been there! Great day for a great bunch of women! Congrats!

    • September 28, 2011

      Thanks Tina! I wish you could have been there too…are you back home yet or still on the West Coast?

  • Sally miller
    September 28, 2011

    Molly THANK YOU for creating the space for all this good energy! You are an amazing woman with big love and compassion in your heart. We are all so
    Lucky and blessed to know you. Thank ou for the opportunity to be apart of this event! Thank you for being a TRUE Soul Sister 🙂
    Sally Miller

    • September 29, 2011

      Thanks Sally…to you, Jackie and Des for teaching us to love the woman in the mirror. And HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to the Soul Sister Sister. You guys are the best…

  • Maria Iskenderian DeFazio
    September 29, 2011

    Hi Molly! Sounds like both workshops were a great success! I am so happy for you. I hope to attend the next one. I love reading your blogs. Take care!

    • September 29, 2011

      Hi Maria: I hope you and some friends can make the next one! Thanks for taking the time to comment…and hope to see you soon.

    • September 29, 2011

      Thanks Maria. Hope you and your friends can make the next one. Stay well and hope to see you soon.

  • Kirsten Teevens
    September 29, 2011

    Wow Molly…sounded like a FABULOUS event…Congratulations!!! Wish i lived in Philly!!! Always miss you during football season…too many fun memories!!! xox kirsten

    • September 29, 2011

      Thanks Kirsten! Been thinking of you and Buddy and need to give you a call. I WISH you lived in Philly…how much fun would that be? Good luck this season….sending you lots of love.

  • Jackie Williams
    September 29, 2011

    Good morning, Molly! I still can’t believe this is only your 2nd event–so amazing! Thank you for everything you do to help women be their best selves and thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the workshop! Love you!
    Jackie Williams xoxo

    • September 29, 2011

      Thank you Jackie! It was so great of you guys to be a big part of our day. I hope you get a lot of new fans for your radio show!! I love it…hope to see you all soon….xo

  • Regina
    September 29, 2011

    Molly, JYOB 2 was most enjoyable and very easy to be a part of. Informative and fun! The Pyramid Club is a great venue and your looked smashing in your Eileen Fisher ensemble! Good job!

    • September 29, 2011

      Thanks Regina! And thanks to you, Donna and the other wonderful women at Eileen Fisher! Hope to get together soon….and thanks again for everything!!!! 🙂

  • Regina
    September 29, 2011

    Molly, JYOB 2 was most enjoyable and very easy to be a part of. Informative and fun! The Pyramid Club is a great venue and you looked smashing in your Eileen Fisher ensemble! Good job!

  • September 29, 2011

    Congratulations on what appears to have been another awesome event, Molly! You are helping so many women discover the things that matter most; health and happiness. xoxo

    • September 29, 2011

      Thanks Lynne! I missed your smiling face this year….looking forward to seeing you In Australia 🙂 It’s going to be great…Love you!

  • lindamccaughey
    September 29, 2011

    You always seem to raise the bar when you under take a project. This second workshop went off without a hitch and you made so many ladies appreciate the day and all of your hard work. I don’t think that I have ever seen so many smiles in one day. I am very proud of all the good things you do for others.

    • September 29, 2011

      Thank you Mama…and thanks for coming up for 8 days to help! I love you!

  • Cynthia Russell
    September 29, 2011

    What a day we had. I just wish the line for the brow makeover wasn’t so long. Maybe next year I’ll camp out early 🙂 I’m thankful for Milla’s facial. I’m loving my products she recommended. My skin has never looked better. And I’m thankful for such a wonderful friend who put so much of herself into making other women feel beautiful (inside and out).

    • September 29, 2011

      Thank you CYNDI RUSSELL! And thank you for all your help…and for agreeing to stay for 8 days (even though you had to miss a ton of work). So thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Love you tons…

  • Desiree Cipolloni
    September 29, 2011

    The party at the Pyramid Club was a fantastic way to spend a FUN & meaningful Friday! What an amazing energy to be in our fabulous City & a room full of great women!—- A room full of Soul Sisters! :)Thank you Molly for being YOU…for loving what you do…and passing it on!

    Much love,
    ~Desiree xo

    • September 29, 2011

      Thanks Des…you Soul Sisters are the best. Just wish you had more time so people could get to really know who you are and what you stand for. Let’s plan a get-together soon…Sending TONS of love…Molly

  • Vicki
    October 4, 2011

    Hi Molly
    I hated not being a part of it this time. Was wishing I could be there. Sounds like a FANTASTIC day. Great job! LOVE Kate’s hair. Looking forward to having one in Gainesville. 🙂

    • October 4, 2011

      Vicki: YOU were certainly missed!!!! At the workshop and all the time leading up to it and then after….we missed you 🙂 Have a great trip to New Zealand 🙂 Love you!

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